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Washington officials warn of scam charities, WA

May 21, 2009 7:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is cracking down on so-called "badge charities" that claim to help police, firefighters and veterans.Attorney General Rob McKenna says some are phony. And Secretary of State Sam Reed says some give very little money to the groups they claim to represent. The...

Two Awards Won at MAMAs by Madison Media Institute Graduate

May 21, 2009 7:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —Madison Media Institute (MMI) graduate, Susan McCarter-Wade, was recently honored during the Madison Area Music Awards at the Barrymore theatre. McCarter-Wade's band, Queenie and the Blue Cats, won the award for Blues Performer of the Year. The Blue Cats' latest CD,...

HL:CPP Investment Board on the hunt despite $17.2B fiscal-year bloodletting@

May 21, 2009 7:28 am | by Gary Norris@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board intends to feast on prime properties — especially shopping centres and office towers in the United States and Britain — whose prices have crumbled and whose indebted owners face pressure to sell.And the pension fund manager's strategy is "sound and...


XIT POLL(TM) Surveys Las Vegas 35,000 RECON 09 Attendees

May 21, 2009 7:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GoIP Global, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: GOIG) announced that at this week's 4-day Las Vegas RECON 09 -- Shopping Center Event, where 35,000+ attended, Xit Poll(TM) was used to survey the crowd. Attendees were drawn to the colorful high tech device, took a two-minute anonymous survey, which resulted in a...

XCEND Group Named to Symantec's National Partner Organization

May 21, 2009 7:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —The XCEND Group, an IT lifecycle and security consulting firm ( , today announced that it has joined Symantec's "National Partner Organization." Symantec's National Partner Program consists of 16 national VARs with either a national or...

Geithner: Wall Street rescue fund not permanent

May 21, 2009 7:22 am | by JIM KUHNHENN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury intends to use bank repayments of government aid to continue assisting the financial sector, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told lawmakers Thursday even as he assured them that the $700 billion rescue fund would not become a permanent financial bailout...

Compass Minerals sells $100M debt to back tender

May 21, 2009 7:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Compass Minerals International Inc. on Thursday said it plans to sell $100 million in notes to help fund a tender offer aimed at buying up older debt.In separate announcements, the company, which makes mineral-based products from food additives to highway deicing salt,...

Allegheny Energy Holds Annual Meeting of Stockholders Business Editors

May 21, 2009 7:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Paul J. Evanson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (NYSE: AYE) today reviewed last year's accomplishments and outlined the company's future prospects at the annual meeting of stockholders."2008 was an...


North Slope oil tops $60 per barrel, AK

May 21, 2009 7:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Drivers might not like it, but there is some good news for Alaska's main source of government funding.The price of North Slope oil closed at $60.19 a barrel Wednesday on West Coast open markets.It's the first time North Slope crude has topped $60 in more than six months.The...

Ky. high court clears way for mine death lawsuit

May 21, 2009 7:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The widow of a Kentucky coal miner who bled to death after his legs were cut off in a gruesome underground accident can proceed with a lawsuit against the company that employed him.The Kentucky Supreme Court, in a unanimous ruling Thursday, gave Stella Morris of Cumberland the...

Sector Snap: Exchange and platform operators, APFN

May 21, 2009 7:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of exchange and trading platform operators mostly rose Thursday morning after the sector was upgraded by Goldman Sachs Group Inc.Goldman upgraded the "market structure" sector to "Neutral" from "Cautious" amid better-than-expected trends in equities and options trading. Stock...

Philippines confirms first case of swine flu, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AS

May 21, 2009 7:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Thursday confirmed its first case of swine flu in a girl who had traveled to the U.S. and Canada.Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the 10-year-old had developed a cough, fever and soar throat a day after returning to Manila on Monday. She tested...

Cell phone companies charging for phone records, IA

May 21, 2009 7:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors in Lee County say they will be seeking fewer cell phone records in their investigations because cell phone companies are now charging for the records.Lee County Attorney Mike Short says cell phone companies have begun charging for records of its subscribers. He says...

Gaza father's loss captures Israeli sympathy, ML

May 21, 2009 7:15 am | by KARIN LAUB - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JEBALIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Gaza infertility specialist, is a familiar figure to Israelis — a Palestinian who crossed the lines of enmity years ago to work in Israeli hospitals and become a frequent guest on Israeli TV and radio.But the interview he did on Jan. 16, as...

Jury finds Duke Energy violated Clean Air Act, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 21, 2009 7:15 am | by RICK CALLAHAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. violated the Clean Air Act by making changes at a southern Indiana power plant that significantly increased the air pollution it released into the Louisville, Ky., area, a federal jury has ruled in a decade-old lawsuit.The Indianapolis jury found this week that...


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